Chapter Eleven: Filling Our Pages:
Meanwhile, Annaï¿½s friends began to look for her. Tsuzuki glanced around Hotaruï¿½s living room.
ï¿½Has anyone seen Anna-chan?ï¿½ he asked. The crew stopped talking and eyed him.
ï¿½No,ï¿½ Hotaru answered, tilting her head.
ï¿½Didnï¿½t she go to the bathroom?ï¿½ Mike asked.
ï¿½Then why didnï¿½t she come out?ï¿½ Tsuzuki asked, looking down the hall.
ï¿½Maybe sheï¿½s alright?ï¿½ Watari suggested. His words did little to convince his friend.
ï¿½Iï¿½m going to go check on her,ï¿½ Tsuzuki said. He stood up and wandered down the hall. Hotaru clapped her hands together.
ï¿½Okay!ï¿½ she said aloud. ï¿½Looks like Anna wants to play hide-and-seek with us!ï¿½
ï¿½What?ï¿½ the others asked.
ï¿½Yes,ï¿½ Hotaru said, quickly nodding. ï¿½Weï¿½re all it!ï¿½
ï¿½Isnï¿½t thatï¿½ backwards?ï¿½ Vivian asked.
ï¿½Yeah, but Iï¿½m not complaining,ï¿½ Hotaru said. It didnï¿½t take much for Tatsumi to catch on.
ï¿½And whatï¿½s the prize?ï¿½ he asked. Hotaru tried to think.
ï¿½Name it!ï¿½ she replied. Tatsumi gave her a look of intrigue.
ï¿½You could say that.ï¿½
ï¿½I see,ï¿½ he said. Hotaru clapped her hands together again.
ï¿½Right,ï¿½ she began. ï¿½Letï¿½s play along with Anna!ï¿½ At first, everyone remained uneasy in their seats. Hotaru stamped her foot.
ï¿½Get going!ï¿½ she ordered. ï¿½You donï¿½t want Anna to win, do you? Chop! Chop!ï¿½ Though still unsure, everyone got up to look for Anna. Hotaru followed behind them.
Hotaru glanced around the hall. From where she stood, the bathroom looked vacant. The loli demon tilted her hand.
Okay, you arenï¿½t in the bathroom, she thought. So where did you go? Hotaru scanned the hallways as everyone looked from room to room. It was then she noticed Emikoï¿½s old office light was on.
Hm? Didnï¿½t I turn that off this morning?
Curious, Hotaru walked over to the room in question and peeked inside. To her
heartï¿½s relief it looked the same as when Emiko last used it. She could still
smell the cigarette smoke inside. Hotaru felt warmth stirring in her heart.
Hotaru looked at the sturdy desk and found their book writing itself. She walked over with a dreamy look in her eyes. I remember this!
Fifteen years ago, Emiko and Hotaru spent their
anniversary in Kyoto. The butch demon told her she could have any souvenir she
desired. At first, Hotaru couldnï¿½t think of anything, but on the last day of the
trip, they came to a book store. When the loli demon first spotted the pink
leather and silk blank book, she just had to have it. Emiko bought the book, to
please her lover.
That now half-filled book was special to both demons. Every evening, they wrote sexy lesbian love stories in it. Sometimes, they would go in as characters and act out the stories being written. Hotaruï¿½s mind got lost in such pleasant memories. She placed her hand to her chest. The loneliness started up again and Hotaru felt like crying.
The loli demon wiped her eyes to prevent them from forming tears. After all this time, she thought. I canï¿½t believe it. Then, something out of place caught her eye.
ï¿½Anna?ï¿½ Hotaru asked. She read over the last page. Her eyes widened as her mind pieced together what happened.
ï¿½Guys!ï¿½ she screamed. ï¿½Come quickly! I found Anna!ï¿½